Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Papers of women lawyers and judges.
Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 1: 
Overview Series of oral histories of four notable women: Belva Davis, journalist; Bernice Hemphill, bio-analyist; Marian Cleeves Diamond, scientist; Mary Lanigar, accountant; and Sandra Day O'Connor, supreme court justice. Published by Women's Forum West Legacy Foundation (San Francisco, Calif, 2004).
Overview Anna Moscowitz Kross was a lawyer, judge, New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner, and social reformer. The bulk of the collection covers Kross's career as the Commissioner of Correction. Writings, speeches, and taped interviews reflect Kross's efforts to institute major reforms focusing on education and social rehabilitation for women prisoners. Correspondents include Constance Baker Motley and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dates: 1905 - 1976
Overview Bernie D. Jones is a legal scholar and author. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Hunter College, the New York University School of Law and the University of Virginia, where she earned a doctorate in U.S. History. Her specialization was in legal history and theory. She served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department from 1992-1995 and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Legal Studies from 2003-2008....
Overview Judge, lawyer, civil rights advocate, and state senator. The bulk of the Motley papers document her professional life; material includes speeches, interviews, photographs, and memorabilia. The collection sheds light on the successes and failures of programs that emerged from the public policy applications of civil rights in such areas as the war on poverty and race discrimination; urban renewal; and in the New York State courts and political systems. Notable correspondents include: Bella Abzug,...
Overview Lawyer, feminist, judge, and political activist. The Kenyon collection illuminates the continuity of social activism around such issues as race, class, poverty, and gender from the 1930s-60s. Topics reflected include worldwide suffrage; abortion rights; minority legal rights; the Equal Rights Amendment; and civil rights. Materials include writings, speeches, organizational records, photographs, memorabilia, and audio tapes of interviews and speeches. Significant correspondents include: Bella...
Dates: 1850 - 1998
Overview Primarily printed materials and books, plus some unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera, pertaining to employment issues and specific occupations of women primarily in the U.S. and England. Topics include affirmative action, sex discrimination, labor organizing, child labor, immigrant workers, women in industry, jury duty, wartime work, Social Security, and protective legislation. Over eighty occupations represented include: law, academics, social work, sciences,...
Dates: 1817-1991; Majority of material found within 1920-1976
Overview Lawyer, judge, suffragist, and pacifist. Allen's papers reflect her career as the first woman judge of a state supreme court and the first woman appointed as a federal judge, as well as her work in the Ohio suffrage and peace movements. Also included are the writings of Florence's mother, Corinne Tuckerman Allen, who was a member of the first class admitted to Smith College. Tuckerman Allen advocated sexual morality, monogamy and family relationships and organized for the Congress of Mothers.
Dates: 1920 - 1966
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Lawyer; Civic leader; Lobbyist. Papers document the Connecticut women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s, including women's organizations such as the Feminist Credit Union, the Coalition of Connecticut Organizations Concerned with Women's Issues, the Connecticut Commission on the Status of Women, the first rape crisis service and the first battered women's shelter in Connecticut. Topics include the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights, married women's surname, and taxation of single people. NOTE:...
Overview Lawyer; birth control advocate; and abortion rights advocate. The Harriet F. Pilpel Papers are primarily related to her professional work with sexual and reproductive rights. The collection is essentially Pilpel's reference files, and is primarily composed of court documents from various legal cases on the state and federal level. The papers allow for a comprehensive, state-to-state comparison of a variety of sexual and reproductive laws, and provides a sense of the debates going on in...
Overview Lawyer; Judge; Founder, NY Women's Bar Association. Papers consist of correspondence, campaign records, legal documents, biographical materials, newspaper clippings and photographs documenting Schwart's public career and legal work in New York City. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.
Overview Legislative aide, White House attorney, Lawyer, Legislator. Papers primarily document Harman's first three terms as a U.S. Representative from the 36th district of California. Types of materials include correspondence, reports and research materials, speeches, journal and newspaper articles, press releases, photographs, and video and audio tapes. Major topics include national defense and the military (including women in the armed forces), the environment, space and technology,...
Dates: 1960 - 2011
Overview Katherine Triantafillou was the first openly gay person to practice law privately in Massachusetts when she opened her doors in 1975. She continues to specialize in lesbian and gay issues, and offers legal council for victims of domestic violence and other disadvantaged citizens. Her papers contain biographical information, correspondence, photographs, AV material, syllabi and course packets from courses she taught at several Boston area law schools, documentation of cases she litigated, and...
Dates: 1955 - 2007
Overview Lawyer; Labor organizer. Materials documenting Foo's activism in advocating for the rights of immigrant workers in the U.S., primarily via the Asian Law Caucus and Sweatshop Watch; plus published writings, speeches, and interviews.
Dates: 1973 - 2009
Overview Lawyer, journalist, suffragist, prison reformer, pacifist and teacher. Papers include writings (including unpublished autobiography), memorabilia, diaries, and manuscripts. Photographs include Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, Maksim Gorky, and Aleksandr Kerensky. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, which includes Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, Norman Douglas, Theodore Dreiser, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, John Galsworthy, Judge Ben Lindsey, Salvador de Madariaga,...
Overview Lawyer, judge, and marriage counselor. The Marie Munk papers include correspondence, writings, and memorabilia. The collection documents her work on domestic relations, marriage counseling, juvenile delinquency, and women's rights. Of special interest are manuscripts, written in both English and German, on the position of women before and after World War I; her experiences as a judge in pre-Hitler Germany; and an oral history conducted at Smith College in 1971.
Overview Mary Conway Kohler was a juvenile court judge and recognized expert and author in the field of juvenile justice. Materials in this collection include material complied by Kohler as a consultant on youth and employment education. The bulk of material covers activities from 1970 to 1986, especially her work for National Commission on Resources for Youth (NCRY). Also included are personal correspondence; writings; speeches; published articles and books; material for an unpublished book on juvenile...
Dates: 1910 - 1999
Overview Lawyer, professor, and political activist. Major themes reflected in the papers include international law, anti-communism, civil rights, the anti-Vietnam war and anti-nuclear movements. The papers also document Kaufman's close associations with other prominent civil rights attorneys and her involvement in international war crimes tribunals. Material includes trial records and research; correspondence; published and unpublished writings; speeches; and teaching materials.
Dates: 1917 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1946-1986
Overview The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women's prime mission is to serve victims of battering charged with crimes related to their abuse. The Clearinghouse works with people who are experiencing the criminal justice system — often arrested, facing trial, or serving prison sentences — because of their defenses against life-threattening violence at the hands of their abuser. These records include documentation of the organization's work since 1987, as well as information that...
Dates: 1986 - 2018
Overview Lawyer, legislator, and local official. The Mink Papers focus primarily on her first tenure as a representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii, 1965 to 1977. Types of materials include speeches, photographs, press releases, articles, legislative bills, and an oral history transcript. Topics include education, the status of women, women in politics, foreign relations with Vietnam and China, labor unions, the armed forces and national defense, and minority rights.
Dates: 1965-1982; Majority of material found within 1965-1975
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Lawyer. Papers include Legal documents and research, correspondence, teaching materials, published writings, panel presentations, notes, and audio and video recordings documenting Copelon's legal activism and teaching. Major topics include reproductive rights, domestic violence, international women's rights, AIDS legislation. Audio recordings include her course lectures for Women and Law, Law and Family, and Constitutional Law. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact...
Overview Lawyer. Papers document Friedman's work as a lawyer in Tennessee and for women's suffrage, uniform marriage, divorce laws, child welfare, adult education, social hygiene and international friendship. Included is material relating to her defense of Octavia Dockery and Richard Dana in the famous "Goat Castle case" in Natchez, Mississippi (1930s).
Dates: 1795; 1906-1954
Overview Lawyer; President and Founder, American Indian Law Alliance; Professor of Native American History, Law and Human Rights. Primarily professional papers. Major topics include social conditions and legal status of North American Indians, and related issues such as health care, environmental issues, land rights, and international rights of indigenous peoples. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Dates: 1980 - 2014
Overview Vivion Lenon Brewer was a co-founder of Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, a volunteer, banker, and lawyer. A native of Arkansas, Vivion Brewer was an advocate of civil rights and integration and also participated in several women's organizations. This collection sheds some light on her personal and professional life, as well as offering insight into larger questions about the motives and experiences of white Southerners who opposed racism and segregation. Materials include...
Dates: 1947 - 2004